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Forum topic by Sandra posted 03-17-2014 02:19 AM 4330 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2014 02:19 AM

I’m in the middle of building a router cabinet and purchased this to use as the switch:

My experience with electrical work consists of shutting down all power to the house to change out light fixtures, replace baseboard heaters, simple stuff…

I’ve been looking on LJ and elsewhere for some very basic instructions.

I know that the switch has to go on the outside the cabinet and the router has to be plugged into an outlet that is connected electrically to the switch. But where do you put the outlet? Outside, or inside the cabinet? It’s a bit scary thinking of an outlet in where all the dust is flying.

If anyone knows of a link or website with instructions of if you have the patience, I’d appreciate any help.
I just learned this year that the plastic thingies on the end of the wire connection are marettes, so assume nothing.


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#1 posted 03-17-2014 02:28 AM


The easiest way to put a switch on your router is to purchase a SAFETY SWITCH like the one I use on my router table. It is easy to mount to the outside of your router table. An outlet and a plug come off the switch. All you have to do is plug your router into the outlet plug and put the plug from the switch into an outlet. No “wiring” to do.

Return that other switch … not that it isn’t good … the safety switch has that BIG stop paddle that makes it easy to hit it with your knee if you have to shut the router off and your hands are full of wood. ... not to mention EASY.

They do have it in pink too…. lol

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 02:35 AM

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#3 posted 03-17-2014 02:35 AM

The stuff I used on mine a while ago:

Two plastic “Handy boxes”, for single outlets
One regular outlet, with a cover plate
one regular, single pole light switch
10’ of extention cord. 6’ ROMEX two wire +ground

Install the outlet and it’s box inside the cabinet
Wire the outlet to the light switch, using the ROMEX.
Wire the Extention cord to the light switch. (white to one wire of the e-cord, black wire to the switch, other wire in the e-cord to the switch, combine the ground wires.

Plug the router into the outlet, with the routre’s switch lock “ON”. With the light switch in the “OFF” position, plug the e-cord into a wall outlet. When you want the router to turn on, flip the light switch to the “ON” position.

How heavy an e-cord? As heavy duty as you can find, and has a grounding lug in the plugs. To use the e-cord, you will have to cut off one end. If you get one of those long cords (more the the 10’ called for) buy an extra end, and wire it to the left over cord. Never know when you might need it…

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#4 posted 03-17-2014 11:06 AM

Perfect, that’s exactly the info I’m looking for. Thank you.


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#5 posted 03-17-2014 11:53 AM

Sandra, I used a couple of feet of a heavy duty extension cord and ran it from the switch to the inside of the cabinet. I can just pull it out and plug the router in. The male end of the cord can be used for your power in…..

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 12:50 AM

Lots of options – and something completely new to learn.

Thanks folks

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 01:13 AM

Sandra, I used one of those “Safety Switches” when I built mine. It was just too easy and the Stop paddle is a great feature.

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#8 posted 03-18-2014 01:21 AM

Another vote for the safety switch. I have used mine for about 15 years. It is mounted on the side of the cabinet and the router cord goes through a hole. To change bits, I unplug the router at the switch, not at the wall. Pretty easy to install!

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#9 posted 03-18-2014 01:24 AM

I don’t want to sound mean when I say this, but if your having to ask these questions, you should probably leave it to someone with more experience or follow tyvekboys advice. Messing around with circuits is dangerous and you could get shocked or start a fire. I have done some electrical and learned the hard way a few times. Take it for what its worth. SAFETY first!

-- Andrew, California

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#10 posted 03-18-2014 01:27 AM

Not mean in the least – that’s why I’m asking the question. Sounds like the safety switch is the answer for me – does what I need it to do, no wiring involved.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#11 posted 03-18-2014 01:38 AM


One more suggestion if you want to learn by doing? We have many box stores and I use Menards (home away from home) They carry some really great picture books with hands on information to learn from and refer to.

Best of luck on your choices. a step switch leaves hands free?

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